National Science Week: The Art & Science of the Periodic Table

Wednesday, 14 August, 2019 - 15:30 to 17:00

'Elementary, my dear Watson!' - Sherlock Holmes used reasoning and deduction to collect clues and to solve crimes. So too, Dmitri Mendeleev, a Russian chemist and inventor, observed a pattern in the properties of nature's elements and solved one of the most intriguing scientific puzzles: The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

In this, the 150th anniversary of Mendeleev's iconic paper and the the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, Quantum Victoria commissioned artwork depicting the individual elements of the periodic table. In a series of hexagonal panels, artists Damon Kowarsky and Hyunju Kim, have hidden clues about the role that elements play in our every day life.

Scientists at the Bio21 Institute are equipped with powerful instruments - magnetic resonance and mass spectrometers and electron microscopes - that harness our knowledge of the elements to gather clues as we seek to solve problems and puzzles of medicine, the environment and agriculture.

In this National Science Week event, hosted by the Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne, we will hear from an artist, Damon Kowarsky and three scientists, Professor Frances Separovic AO, Dr Nick Williamson and Dr Andrew Leis, who illuminate, through different perspectives, the value and the fascination of the periodic table of elements.